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Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies

MSc Sustainable Energy & Green Technologies
The MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies focuses development and optimisation of renewable energy resource exploitation; efficiency in energy generation and utilisation pathway; mitigation of environmental impacts, and; preparation for business innovation and job creations opportunities in renewable energy systems technologies development, plant biotechnology and entrepreneurship.

The programme is underpinned by the best European practice by incorporating compatible EU policy drivers such as the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) for energy research, current R&D in Crops (through ongoing and research initiatives under the Charles Parsons Energy Research programme), and the collaboration with internationally acknowledged experts in the subject domains from universities, research institutions and industry.

The programme is structured in three academic semesters (12 calendar months).

The first semester covers Science & Technologies modules that include analytical assignments, laboratory and group work, and a foundation module on Research Methods. Also in the first semester, students will be required to identify and develop the scope for their major research project, which will be further developed and completed in the second and final semesters. The second semester focuses on energy projects and markets analyses interfacing with innovation and Technologies transfer concepts. A major individual Research Project is completed in third semester.

During the last semester of this programme, students will be required to complete their MSc Thesis. Co-requisite for embarking on the Research Project module include, successful completion of the On-line Research Skills (5 credits), and completion of a series of Term Papers related to specific taught modules.

A primary requirement in the MSc Research Project is that the final thesis should be of near publishable quality for peer-reviewed journals in the relevant Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies project domain.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (2.2 or higher) in engineering, physical science or environmental related degree. Other disciplines may be considered if they include strong mathematical, technological, and analytical skills. Holders of Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in the relevant areas, but with sufficient industrial/work experience will also be considered.


1 Year Full Time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the MSc in Sustainable Energy and Green Technologies programme will have competences and skill sets for employment in companies and organisations geared to planning, deploying and utilising a wide range of green technologies systems including environmental impact mitigation. Typical opportunities will be in waste-to-energy facilities, biogas plants, ethanol production facilities, district-heating operations, renewable energy research laboratories, facilities utilising wind energy (including wind farms), solar energy, biomass and hydrogen energy, as well as leading energy utility companies, and research institutions.

The knowledge and skill you gain from the Innovation and Technology Transfer module specifically will provide you with unique insights into the entrepreneurial process, from identification of the innovative idea through to the launch of a successful business.

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MSc Environmental Technology FT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Michelle Mathews
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 1802

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Entrepreneurship & Plant Biotechnology BOTN40210
Biofuels and Bioenergy Resources BSEN30310
Life Cycle Assessment BSEN30360
Thesis BSEN40090
Advanced Air Pollution BSEN40110
Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies BSEN40320
Energy Systems Integration BSEN40350
LCA Applications BSEN40400
Research and Teaching Methods BSEN40460
Energy Systems & Sustainable Environments CPSC40330


Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applications welcome from wide range of qualifying disciplines and academic backgrounds both locally and internationally.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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